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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Gogga

JR’s Inside Out Project in Cape Town

Inside Out is a project conceived by 2011 TED winner JR. The project just hit the streets of Cape Town…

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

>> More info on the Cape Town activation HERE

PICS \\ Freddy Sam in America

Freddy Sam is back in the US - painting murals, exhibiting works and doing some sight-seeing.

He has already painted great stuff with international artists in New York and Rochester, and is currently in Portland. He is taking part in Living Walls which takes place next month in Atlanta.

Mak1one, Faith47 and Dal are also stateside and they too have been painting.

Check out some of the new works that Freddy Sam has done:

Freddy Sam and Jaz (Argentina)

Bushwick, NYC

Freddy Sam

Rochester

Freddy Sam, DAL

Canvas session, Rochester

Mak1one

Rochester

Freddy Sam

Rochester

Freddy Sam

Rochester

Faith47 and DAL

NYC

Freddy Sam collaboration with Jaz (Argentina), Two One (Australia) and David Shillinglaw (UK)
Freddy Sam with Rae (USA), Pink Cloud (USA), Jaz (Argentina), Zéh Palito (Brazil)

Brooklyn Community Block Party with whoever else wanted to add to the wall

Freddy Sam

Brooklyn, NYC

Freddy Sam

Brooklyn, NYC

Freddy Sam in studio

Portland

Freddy Sam

Portland

All pics courtesy of Freddy Sam, with thanks

EVENT \\ Life Check 2011

Life Check is a Durban based non-profit Hip Hop events organisation. Using the resources provided by various funding groups and the continued support provided by Redbull SA Culture department, a platform has been created for Durban youth to express themselves through Hip Hop culture and related performance styles.

Originally Life Check was a gathering of youth from the Durban metro every first Saturday of the month at The BAT Centre, located in the city Yacht Basin. This event would run for approximately 5 hour as people expressed themselves through rapping, dancing, poetry and music in a safe and controlled environment. Today the organisation has moved the event away from one dedicated venue and given it more flexibility to control ’satellite’ events. These ’satellite’ events are located wherever an existing scene is in evidence. “Life Check attempts to provide a boost in the form of a daytime free Hip Hop Open Mic concert featuring guest artists from outside of the location, as well as heads from within the scene itself.”

READ MORE ABOUT LIFE CHECK HERE

Ewok Interview about Life Check from Rory Jacobs on Vimeo.

Life Check Battle Of The Year events happening in Durban, South Africa in August 2011

Schedule

Tuesday, 2 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Wednesday, 3 August
Slaghuis King of the Street Rap
Unit 11
8pm
FREE

Thursday, 4 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Friday, 5 August
Cipher
The Terminal
1pm
Dance Workshops (in association with STR CRD)
Unit 11
12pm & 2pm
FREE

Classics party in association with The Chief Rockers
Unit 11
9pm
R40

Saturday, 6 August
Life Check All Elements Battle 2011 (in association with ADIDAS & Sportscene)
Curry’s Fountain
Registration 9am - Battle commences 11am (1-on-1 battles)
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place
MC, BBOY, GRAFFITI, DJ, BEATBOX, PRODUCTION, KRUMP
Guest Performers
FREE

>> RSVP on Facebook

Life Check All Elements Battle 2010 from Karen Logan on Vimeo.

>> http://www.lifecheckydi.com/

NEWS \\ Online Exhibition: Mirror On The Wall

Mirror On The Wall is an online exhibition of new murals by Falko and Nard.

Launches on 3 August 2011 at 13h00 (GMT) HERE

AFRICA \\ Project DK “R” in Senegal

The DK “R” project is a street art project in Dakar, Senegal. The two artists behind the project are Jérôme Désert (Belgium) and Jerome Maillet aka Jeronimo (France).

Jeronimo lived in Dakar between 2007 and 2009 and Jerome made a trip to Senegal in 2010. Both artists had a common desire to talk about identity, movement, energy and the people of Dakar directly on the walls.

The city became their canvas as they left the gallery space and plastered many walls with large format images of the people. The first stage of the project took place in April and May 2011.

The second phase of the DK “R” project takes place in November and December 2011 in collaboration with two Senegalese artists; Mamadou Diallo Sadio (SAADIO) and Barkinado BOCOUM. They will help Jerome and Jeronimo because they are very familiar with the city. This time they will split into two pairs to cover more ground.

During this second phase, from November 20 to December 15, an interaction with the public and the owners of the walls will be identified. The artists will interview the locals and gather oral evidence of the history and current events of the walls on which interventions take place. These stories will then be transcribed (in fragments) and inserted into the monumental compositions using typography cut on site. The participation of the people will form an integral part in the project, manifesting greater relevance and enabling local residents to have their say.

All the artists will make drawings in their respective workshops, thus keeping their own point of view. All compositions and associations of the pasted drawings will be improvised on the walls, leaving a possibility of interaction with the places and people. The walls covered will be between 5 and 7 meters high, each collage becoming its very own urban event.

All pics courtesy of Jéronimo

VIDEO \\ Underground Exchange exhibition

The first event of Underground Exchange took place on 8 July 2011. The exhibition was created by Shelflife and held at Ficton Bar in Cape Town in order expose the art to people in a different setting, aside from a gallery. These events are part of an exchange program to showcase the best UK underground street culture right here in South Africa.

The exhibition is still running and all prints are up for sale. Artists that featured in this exhibition were Banksy, Part2ism, She One, Solo One, Mark Ireland and Ink Fetish.

Check out the video where the curator, Dr Zulu takes you on a walkabout…

The Underground Exchange UK from one small seed on Vimeo.

Q&A \\ Interview with Play

There’s this guy from Cape Town who was responsible for Roadkill, SA’s first graffiti magazine, and now he’s up to no good with a clothing brand called One Eyed King. His name is Play and we thought we’d toss a whole bunch of silly questions his way…

>> READ THE INTERVIEW

VIDEO \\ Turn the world Inside Out

Check out the first episode of the Inside Out Project HERE.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Neon

A collection of experiences that celebrate diverse creativity, expression and unconventional thinking. Offering an eclectic mix of creative productions, from Music to Visual Artwork, Motion Picture and Fashion.

Focused towards the creative youth, this project allows people to emerge amoungst their peers and communicate their vision to a unique and relevant audience. Located at MASH, part of the historic Mills Building in Newtown, over looking the heart of the inner city.

Date: Saturday 16 July 2011
Venue: Mash, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg

  • All artwork on exhibition from 1pm
  • Vintage Clothing Sale & Food Market from 1pm till 6pm
  • Graffiti Demo from 3pm
  • Tattoo Demo from 3pm till 6.30pm
  • Film Premiere from 6.30 pm till 8pm
  • Fashion Show at 8.30pm
  • Sketch Battles from 9pm
  • After Party @ The Woods 10pm till 3am

Featured Artists:

  • MJ Turpin
  • Mr. Cross
  • Lenny Dee Doucha
  • Alex Vlachos
  • Tamara Osso
  • Inger Holstvic Faerch
  • REKZO
  • DEKOR
  • Says Who?
  • Justin McGee
  • Brent Goudie
  • Ziggy Hofmeyr & Muthaland Productions
  • Tim Apter, Matthew Stonier & Mustard Productions

Free entrance before 4pm, R40 after (includes ticket to after party)

>> MORE INFO

AFRICA \\ Addentry in Kenya

German artist Addentry visited and painted in Kenya in 2010. During their time in Nairobi they were also involved in a one month workcamp with a group called Simama e.V.

Simama e.V (which means get up, start over, make a difference) is a group that runs social projects to promote cross-cultural communication. They connect with artists living in the slums of Nairobi to help them with developing infrastructure like gallery space as well as getting them in contact with the art scene. Addentry joined the group as they gave art workshops and they taught the community how to print T-shirts, how to knit with plastic waste and general painting.

The orphanage called Halfway House was painted as part of the project by some Simama members, artists of the Mukuru slums and the children that live in the home.

The slum house was painted by Addentry with two artists of Mukuru. One of the artists was invited to Germany this year and they painted a mural together.

The Simama e.V group also bought a lot of paintings from the Kenyan artists where they presented those works in two big exhibitions.

More about Simama e.V:
http://www.simama.de/ and on Facebook

Special thanks to Addentry

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Underground Exchange

Shelflife & Fiction present
UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE UK
Friday 8th July

The objective of the exhibition is to showcase the finest underground street culture from the UK as it is part of an up and coming creative exchange program between the United Kingdom & South Africa. It is set to be the first of many events & exhibitions of this kind to promote creative & cultural exchange between regions. The art exhibition will feature some of the finest examples of underground graffiti & street art, as well some BIG names… did someone say Banksy?

In addition to the opening night, the works will be presented to the British Arts Council of South Africa. The exhibition will run for one month, with all the prints being up for sale. The line up of local DJs will uphold the UK theme with some of the finest hip-hop, beat, dubstep & grime around!

Be apart of history as SA & the UK forge a creative bond that will set the stage for future projects! Supporting sponsor New Balance will display some of its finest premium UK made sneakers, exclusively available at Shelflife.

Make sure to not miss this exciting new project.

>> MORE INFO